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Cathy Not Honored Rebecca Wants to Name Her Baby Cathy on 'The Big C' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 5th 2011 5:51AM
'The Big C' - 'Musical Chairs'This season, Cathy's no longer keeping the fact that she has cancer a secret, though after her cupcake-filled return to the school she teaches at, both she and her son might be rethinking that. Thought we have to admit, 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on Showtime) was a cute nod to the title of the show, and cancer, and Cathy's name.

A name that her friend Rebecca decides would be great for her forthcoming daughter. See, since Cathy is dying, now her legacy can live on. Only, Cathy isn't dead yet and doesn't take the honor particularly well.

Luckily for Rebecca, the phone rang at that moment and Cathy found out she'd made it into the clinical trial set up by our new favorite doctor/magician. Hopefully, Alan Alda can stick around for at least a few more appearances this season. He proved a great foil for Cathy's abrasive and aggressive personality.

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Cathy Decides to Make Her Own Doctor's Appointment on 'The Big C' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 28th 2011 2:50AM
'The Big C' season premiereSometimes all it takes is a little patience. But when you're living with cancer, and you're trying to get an appointment with a specialist, that can be in short supply. So short was Cathy's supply on the season premiere of 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on Showtime) that she went to the doctor's office without one and demanded that she be seen.

What followed was probably one of the more embarrassing moments we could imagine for someone on a righteous crusade. After getting stonewalled at reception, Cathy turned to those in the waiting room.

"Congratulations on getting an appointment with Dr. Sherman," she told them. "Apparently one of the hottest tickets in town. So if any of you and maybe Stages 1-3 would considering letting me go first, that--"

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Summer TV Equations: 'The Big C,' 'Weeds,' 'State of Georgia' & More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 27th 2011 9:00PM
There are a lot of new and returning shows on this week and, let's face it, they're not all winners. But how do you know? You see a billboard, see a preview, read what TV people like us tell you to watch, but sometimes you need something more concrete.

Enter our handy-dandy mathematical equations for this week's summer premieres!

Weeds

OK, you're probably thinking that math and TV don't mix, but you're sorely mistaken. One show you love (+) another show you love (+) actors you adore = awesome. A show you kind of like (-) the parts you like = pass. Simple as that.

Here, we've done the math on four shows premiering this week -- 'Weeds,' 'The Big C,' 'Melissa & Joey' and 'State of Georgia' -- so put away your calculator and set your DVRs. Or not.

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Which Showtime Leading Lady Are You?

by Michael Wandling, posted Jun 27th 2011 3:00PM
Weeds, The Big CLet's be honest. Many of Showtime's programs can be boiled down to one common theme: they're all about quirky women with secrets.

We're not complaining -- we love a good mystery as much as we love a complex leading lady. There's cantankerous bully Jackie with her drug problem; Nancy with her ... um ... "dealings"; Cathy, who's still keeping her 'Big C' secret from a few loved ones; and many, many more.

To celebrate the return of 'Weeds' and 'The Big C' (tonight starting at 10PM on Showtime), AOL TV is here to help you determine your spirit Showtime woman. Are you a Cathy or a Nancy? Find out in our handy chart!

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Review: Laura Linney Fights Cancer (and Cliches) in 'The Big C'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 27th 2011 2:30PM
You'd think one of the goals of a show about a cancer patient would be to get viewers invested in the survival of the patient.

But 'The Big C' (10:30PM ET Monday, Showtime) is so manipulative and contrived that it tends to shoot itself in the foot in that regard, despite the fact that the very talented Laura Linney is the show's star.

Linney can play vulnerability like nobody's business, and she occasionally gets chances to do that in this "comedy." But the actress also has a brittle side, one that 'The Big C' unwisely plays up more than it should, and the show's supporting characters are often either wasted or trapped in predictable story lines.

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Oliver Platt Discusses Flatulence on 'The Big C' With Kathie Lee and Hoda (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 24th 2011 1:10PM
Oliver Platt talks farting and 'The Big C' on 'Today'On 'The Big C,' co-stars Oliver Platt and Laura Linney take on a serious subject with an air of humor. That subject is, of course, aggressive farting. Or at least for those watching Platt appearing on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Friday, it might have seemed that was the subject.

Laura Linney plays a woman living with a diagnosis of cancer, with Platt as her husband. The show does actually broach the subject of farting, and that's the clip 'Today' chose to introduce Platt. Platt has enjoyed being on 'The Big C,' but said the farting scene was not particularly pleasant.

Gifford said aggressive farting was just "another day at my house." "I've heard about Frank," said Platt. Gifford declined to blame Frank, but refused to reveal the culprit. Do tannins cause flatulence?

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Goldie Hawn Eyes Return to TV With 'Viagra Diaries,' 'The Big C' Partners With American Cancer Society and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 16th 2011 11:27AM
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn is readying her return to TV in an unusually named project: HBO's 'Viagra Diaries.'

According to Deadline, Hawn has been tapped to star in the half-hour comedy from 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star. Hawn and Star will executive produce the project based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker.

The pilot follows a woman, played by Hawn, whose husband leaves her, making her single for the first time in 35 years.

This will be Hawn's first role since the 2002 film 'The Banger Sisters.' The Oscar winner got her start on TV with 'Good Morning, World' and 'Laugh-In.'

In other TV news ...

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Happy Earth Day! A Salute to Five Eco-Friendly Characters

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Lisa SimpsonWe wouldn't be true TV nerds if we didn't say we've learned a lot about the environment from our favorite characters.

In fact, some of our favorite shows feature very Earth-conscious characters.

To celebrate Earth Day and those who are making a difference (even if it's fictional), AOL TV presents our five favorite environment-lovin' TV characters.

Lisa Simpson, 'The Simpsons'
Not only is she a vegetarian -- yes, there are environmental benefits in being a vegetarian -- Lisa cares deeply about the environment. After all, 'The Simpsons Movie' kicks off with an environmental crisis and Lisa is right there to lead the charge in the cleanup. "Lisa believes in leaving the Earth a cleaner and better place than she found it," Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, said in 2001.

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Showtime Sets Spring, Summer Premiere Dates, Ashley Judd Officially Joins ABC and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 1st 2011 6:40PM
Weeds Season 7 Premiere DateShowtime's first lady of comedy, Nancy Botwin, will be back with all new 'Weeds' episodes starting Mon., June 27 at 10PM. She's not alone: Laura Linney will be back in her Golden Globe-winning role on 'The Big C' the same day at 10:30PM.

Deadline Hollywood reports both programs will have 13 episodes. 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' will return for an 8-episode final season on April 7 at 10:30PM and reality series 'The Real L Word' returns June 5 at 10 PM for 9 episodes season)

Among the series premieres is Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' on July 19 at 11PM and 'Gigolos' on April 7 at 11PM.

In other TV news ...

Ashley Judd has officially signed to star in ABC's 'Missing.' Judd will play Becca Winstone, a former CIA agent who travels to Europe to track down her missing son. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Deadliest Catch' will premiere April 12 at 9PM. Season 7 will see Josh and Jake Harris try to prove to the crew that they can handle operating the Cornelia Marie. Watch a NSFW trailer at the source. [Entertainment Weekly]

Christina Hendricks will appear on Bravo's 'Top Chef Masters.' The 'Mad Men' actress will be part of a 'Mad Men'-themed challenge. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Five Reasons Why 2011 Could Be the Year of Showtime

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 7th 2011 4:00PM
William H. MacyOnce upon a time, premium cable was kind of a one-trick pony. HBO was the go-to channel for original, risk-taking programming without the strictures and irritating commercial interruptions of broadcast network TV, and other pay-cable networks just couldn't rival HBO's subscriber base, impressive production budgets or awards season glory.

Thankfully, this is no longer the case, with both basic cable networks (like AMC and FX) and smaller, edgier premium channels (like Showtime and Starz) having stolen the spotlight from their pay-cable granddaddy over the past few years.

This Sunday, Showtime is debuting two of its most buzzworthy new series -- Matt LeBlanc's triumphant return to TV, the single-camera comedy 'Episodes,' and dysfunctional family drama 'Shameless,' starring William H. Macy. And, to sweeten the deal, the network is offering a free preview weekend from Jan. 7 through Jan. 10, so that 60 million homes will have the opportunity to get hooked on the new shows without subscribing. Three excellent reasons to predict that 2011 might be Showtime's strongest year yet; join us after the jump for more!

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'The Big C' Season 1, Episode 13 (Season Finale) Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 16th 2010 6:30AM
['The Big C' - 'Taking the Plunge']

It's been a tumultuous 13 episodes, full of heartbreak, hilarity and ridiculously hot guest stars (Idris Elba and Liam Neeson? What did we do to deserve this?), but over the course of the past few months, 'The Big C' has quietly, confidently developed into one of the most satisfying -- and undeniably addictive -- new shows of the year. Our only problem now is surviving the break between seasons.

So much has happened in the past two episodes (the space of a few days in the show) that has inexorably changed the dynamic of the show going forward, and it's edifying to see the storytelling hitting its stride. In hindsight, many of the earlier episodes seemed slow because the characters were still in the dark as to Cathy's condition, but her honesty has invigorated the plotting, giving it purpose and a sense of urgency as Cathy swings between letting go gracefully and refusing to go down without a fight.

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'The Big C' Star Talks About the Big Finale, Laura Linney, Season 2 & ... Bristol Palin?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 15th 2010 12:55PM
John Benjamin Hickey, 'The Big C'If you haven't watched 'The Big C' because you think it's just a show about someone dying of cancer, you couldn't be more wrong. It has been the biggest, most pleasant, must-watch TV surprise all year.

Of course a show starring Laura Linney was going to garner some buzz, but the entire cast provides laughs, tears and genuinely touching moments every week. Recovering from a major character death last week, we go into the season finale knowing that change is imminent.

But does that mean Cathy will seek treatment for her cancer? Will her husband be able to deal with her decision? Will her son finally snap out of his teenage bubble? And will her eccentric brother Sean, played by John Benjamin Hickey, ever grow up?

I caught up with the hilarious Hickey to talk about this season's success, what's in store for tonight's finale (Mon., Nov. 15, 10:30PM ET on Showtime), his interesting past with costars Linney and Cynthia Nixon, his plea for a certain Oscar-winner to guest star, ghosts and ... Bristol Palin?

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'The Big C': Paul's Coworker Shares Horrible Cancer Story (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 2nd 2010 10:50AM
Colleague Shares Cancer Story on 'The Big C'Though 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on SHO) is a (dark) comedy, it has moments of painful, utter seriousness. Paul finally knows his wife Cathy has cancer. So he asks about the experience of an office colleague whose husband died of cancer.

"What do you want me to talk about? How horrendous it was watching the person that I love most in this world fighting for his life and knowing that I couldn't do a damn thing about it?" she says. "I just had to sit there, pretending to be normal and cheerful while he wasted away week after week ... Excuse me for not wanting to talk about it, because that means reliving it -- and I barely made it through the first time."

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'The Big C': Marlene's Date Just Wants Some Action (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 19th 2010 9:00AM
Marlene's Date Is Horny on 'The Big C'On 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on SHO), Cathy's brother Sean sets up an elderly neighbor of his sister's with Earl, a kindly and seemingly harmless senior. But at the dinner, Earl sums up his life story in one sentence and tells Marlene, "The only thing you really have to know about me is in my pants ... I've got the biggest pair of [beep] you've ever seen." Then he drops his cutlery and asks her to pick it up. Sean does the honors and discovers Earl's pants are down.

Away from the table, Sean apologizes profusely to Marlene. "Stop getting in the way," she tells him. "I'm an old woman who doesn't get a lot of opportunities with men, especially ones so clearly ready for relations ... So quit [beep]-blocking me."

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The Show Girl Talks 'Luther,' 'The Big C,' 'Giuliana & Bill' and 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 15th 2010 10:00AM
Idris Elba, 'Luther'The reality TV craze isn't going anywhere, so it's nice to see Giuliana and Bill Rancic proud that their titular show skews much more "normal." But that's not to say they don't love the over-the-top stuff ... I get their reality TV guilty pleasure confessions.

I've also got scoop on this week's multicultural episode of 'The Middle' from stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, and they share what other ripped-from-their-lives storylines we might see on the show.

Then I gush all over Laura Linney's 'The Big C.' I love it, I love her and I will officially follow fabulous guest star Idris Elba anywhere. So it's a good thing his new mini-series, 'Luther,' is such a unique and exciting thrill ride. Seriously -- watch it.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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